Glories of Lord BALARAM

 

 

Lord Balaram is Lord Krishna’s beauty incarnation.

 

Three differences between Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram are.

  1. Lord Krishna is Shyama, blackish in color whereas Lord Balaram is whitish in color.
  2. Lord Krishna has flute in His hand whereas Lord BALARAM has plough and Buffalo bugle in His hands.
  3. Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who takes service from everybody, whereas Lord BALARAM is Supreme in giving service.

 

 

Lord Balaram is the first expansion of Lord KRISHNA, who attracts jivas towards Lord Krishna.

 

Lord Balaram is known as servitor God, Who teaches living entities how to serve Lord Krishna.

 

Lord Balaram serves Krishna in all the five rasas..

  1. SHANTA RASA: He becomes umbrella, ornaments, dress, pillow, bed, of the Lord.
  2. DASYA RASA: Always engaged as servant of the Lord…helping Krishna to steal butter, massaging Krishna’s lotus feet when He was taking rest under a tree.
  3. VATSALYA RASA : When Krishna birthday was to be celebrated on the banks of Yamuna, Balaram warned that don’t go there is Kaliya…Balaram complained to Mother Yashoda that Krishna is eating mud…Krishna eat the mud for wanted taste the dust of the mud touched by Balaram’s body.
  4. SAKHYA RASA : Balaram used to tease Krishna by telling your father Nanda Maharaj is white, Mother Yashoda is white,…but why are you black, this is because you are adopted child:-)
  5. MADHURYA RASA: Balaram expands as sister of Radha…Anagha Manjari…and served Krishna.

 

Lord Balaram means 

  • BALA means abode of unlimited spiritual strength.
  • RAMA means abode of unlimited spiritual pleasure.

 

Without Bala from Lord Balaram it is not possible to take up spiritual life.

 

Lord Balaram had two mother’s Devaki and Rohini, because…

  1. Six children born before Balaram where marichis…who were all offenders…
  2. They were representations of Arishadvaragas, (Six enemies of the Mind) – Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada, Matsarya.
  3. Before Lord Krishna was to be born, Lord Balaram appeared as Seventh Child in Devaki’s womb to make ready for Krishna’s appearance.

 

Lord Balaram is called as Swayamprakash, A torchlight Who provides direction in Spiritual Life. Lord Krishna gave sword of transcendental knowledge to destroy the ignorance, the strength required to lift this sword is given by Lord Balaram, sharpening of this sword happens by engaging in service and to apply this knowledge requires Grace.

 

Lord Balaram killed various demons, which represents removal of various bad qualities.

  1. Dhenukasura killed by Balaram represents removing the burden of ignorance, concept of I and mine.
  2. Pralambasura killed by Balaram represents removing disguise..hypocrisy, egoism, lust.(enemies disguised as best friend)
  3. Romaharshana killed by Balaram represents removing Bad Character…pride.

 

Lord Balaram is called as most merciful Godhead because…

  • Came in Kali Yuga as Nityananda Prabhu…who takes people to Chaitanya…to make them receive Lord Chaitanya’s mercy.
  • Jagai and Madhai in all their previous incarnations were killed, only in Kali Yuga they were not killed, but liberated.

 

Real Raksha, protection comes from taking shelter of Lord BALARAM

Heritage Fest

ISKCON, Mysore celebrates India’s rich culture and tradition with school children of the royal city by conducting Heritage Fest. This festival is a 11 day long inter school cultural competition held at ISKCON, Jayanagar. It is open for all students from Class 1 to 10.

Heritage Fest is a celebration of creativity and talent among the school children of Mysore and it is an attempt to familiarize them with the glorious tradition of Indian culture through a series of events.

The Heritage Fest as several interesting contests created to tap the creative potential of the versatile students of today. Vocal Music, Vedic Quiz, Gita Sloka Chanting, Painting, Rangoli and several other contests are lined up at Heritage Fest to bring out the best talent in children.

There is no entry fee to participate in the cultural festival and is open to all schools in Mysore.

Significance of the RATHA YATRA chariots in JAGANNATH PURI.

Each year in Jagannath Puri, three enormous chariots are built anew for Lord Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhardra. Over 1,000 logs are brought from the Dasapalla and Ranpur forests, and more than 100 carpenters work for two months constructing the three chariots. A local mill provides nearly 2,000 meters of cloth each year, and the chariots are radiantly draped in color. Very strong coconut fiber ropes, 8 inches in diameter, are used by the devotees to pull the chariots along the parade route. The nails, brackets and fixtures are all made locally, and the smiths work for a month on them. The ratha’s main structure (above the wheels) contains eighteen pillars and roofs. Each chariot holds nine parswadevatas (subsidiary deities), two dwarapalas (door keepers), one Sarathi (charioteer) and one presiding deity of the crest banner (dhwaja devata), and all are made of wood.

JAGANNATH BALABHADRA SUBHADRA
Ratha NANDIGHOSA GARUDADHWAJA KAPILDHWAJA TALADHWAJA DARPADALANA PADMADHWAJA
Number of wheels 16 14 12
Total number of wooden pieces 832 763 593
Height 13.5m. 13.2m. 12.9m.
Color of cloth wrappings Red, Yellow Red, Blue Red, Black
Guarded by Garuda Vasudev Jayadurga
Names of charioteers Daruka Matali Arjuna
The flag Trailokyamohini Unnani Nadambika
The horses Shankha, Balahaka, Shveta, Haridashva Tibara, Ghora, Dirghashrama, Swarnanava Rochika, Mochika, Jita, Aparajita
The ropes Sankhachuda Basuki Swarnachuda
Presiding nine Deities Varaha, Govardhana, Krushna, Gopi – Krishna, Rama, Narayana,Trivikram, Hanuman and Rudra Ganesha, Kartikeya, Sarvamangala, Pralambari, Halayudha, Mrutyunjaya, Natamvara, Mukteshwar, Sheshadev Chandi, Chamunda, Ugratara, Vanadurga, Shulidurga, Varahi, Shyama Kali, Mangala and Vimala

 

Three great predictions of Bhaktivinoda Thakura which came True

BhaktivInoda Thakura made three predictions concerning a person and a phenomena:

His first prediction :

“A personality will soon appear,” wrote Bhaktivinoda Thakura, “and he will travel all over the world to spread the teachings of Lord Caitanya.”

His second prediction:

“Very soon the chanting of ‘Harinama sankirtana will be spread all over the world. Oh, when will that day come when people from America, England, France, Germany, Russia will take up karatals and mrdangas and chant Hare Krishna in their towns?”

The third prediction:

“When will that day come when the fair-skinned foreigners will come to Sri Mayapur-dhama and join with the Bengali Vaisnavas to chant, Jaya Sacinandana, Jaya Sacinandana. When will that day be? ”

Srila Prabhupada said it’s spiritually significant that he himself appeared in 1896, the same year Bhaktivinoda Thakura sent his book overseas. The will of Lord Caitanya, the desire of Thakura Bhaktivinoda, and the mercy of Srila Sarasvati Thakura empowered Srila A.c. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to spread Sri Caitanya’s teachings and the chanting of Hare Krishna all over the world. Prabhupada fulfilled the Thakura’s three predictions!

Devoid of pride, full of humility, radiant with pure love for Radha-Govinda, Srila Prabhupada gave all credit to the previous acaryas. “We should take it,” said Srila Prabhupada, “that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was the origin of the Krishna Consciousness Movement in its pure form.”

In 1986, just one-hundred years after Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s third prediction, three-thousand “fair skinned devotees” from America, England, France, Germany, Russia, and fifty other countries gathered at the ISKCON Mayapura Chandrodaya Mandir in Sridhama Mayapur. They joined one thousand “Bengali Vaisnavas” to rock the universe by chanting Jaya Sacinandana, Jaya Sacinandana, Jaya Sacinandana, Gaura-Hari. Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura ki jai!

Daily Schedule of Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

Always anxious to use every moment in loving service of Krishna, he followed a strict austere daily schedule:
Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur’s Schedule:
8 p.m.-10 p.m.             Rest (two hours)
10 p.m.-4 a.m.             Write
4 a.m.-4:30 a.m.          Rest
4:30 a.m.-7 a.m.          Chant Japa
7 a.m.-7:30 a.m.           Correspondence
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.     Study sastras
9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.         Bath,prasadam (half-liter milk, fruit, 2 chapatis)
10 a.m.-1 p.m.              Court Duties
1 p.m.-2 p.m.                Refresh at home
2 p.m.-5 p.m.               Court Duties
5 p.m.-7 p.m.                Translate Sanskrit sastras to Bengali
7 p.m.-8 p.m.                Bath,prasadam (half-liter milk, rice, 2chapatis)

Summary Daily Schedule:

Sleep             3 hours
Write            8.5 hours
Japa,study   4.5 hours
Work            6 hours

Pannihati Chida Dahi Utsava

ISKCON Mysuru devotees celebrated Pannihati Chida Dahi Utsava this year at the holy place of Sathyagala, near Kollegal on Monday, 25th June, 2018. More than 500 devotees travelling in the more than 8 buses from ISKCON, Mysuru reached Sathyagala at 11AM. Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai where carried in a Pallaki towards the banks of the River Kaveri for the Theppotsava. After the Theppotsava, the Deities were given a holy dip in the sacred water of River Kaveri. The Deities along with devotees then proceeded towards the Sri Kote Varadaraja Swamy temple where a grand abhishekam was arranged for Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Following the Abhishekam a discourse was given by H G Rasika Shekara Prabhu narrating the glorious pastime of Raghunath Dasa Goswami organizing Pannihati Chida Dahi Utsav on the Banks of River Ganges 500 years back. Sri Sri Gaura Nitai where offered a variety of preparations made out of Chidha and other delicacies, which was later distributed to devotees, who honored Maha Prasadam to their hearts content.

In the afternoon all the devotees visited the famous temples of Lord Ranganath in Madhyaranga and Sri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha in Marenahalli. By evening all the devotees headed back to ISKCON, Mysuru relishing a day long spiritually enlivening experience and eagerly waiting for their next annual day out with the Lord.

Glimpses of Pannihati Chida Dahi Utsav 2018 @ Sathyagala, Kollegala

GO & GOVARDHAN PUJA

Go Puja & Govardhana Puja festival was celebrated on Friday, 20th October. The festival started 6 pm with Tulasi puja followed by Go puja (worship of the cows), Govardhana Puja (worship of Govardhana hill) and Deepotsava. Devotees were spell bound by looking at the magnificent Govardhana Hill made with 220 Kgs. of delicious Cake. Various kinds of food items including rice preparations, sweets & savories were also prepared and offered to Lord Krishna on the auspicious day.
This festival is celebrated in commemoration of the fascinating pastime of Lord Krishna’s lifting the Govardhana hill, when angry Indra sent torrents of rain accompanied by showers of ice blocks and high wind to disturb the residents of Vrindavana. Lord Krishna immediately took compassion upon the residents of Vrindavana and protected them by picking up the Govardhana Hill, just as a child picks up a mushroom.
Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple to witness this grand celebration and cherished the opportunity of offering a ghee lamp to Lord Krishna individually, on account of Karthika Deepotsava and received the blessings of the Lord.

ISKCON DASARA

More than 10000 devotees participatE in the South Indian biggest Ravan Dahan organised by ISKCON, Jayanagar as part of its Annual Dasara festival celebrations commemorating the pastime of the victory of Lord Rama over the evil King Ravana on Saturday, 30th Sept.

While speaking on the subject “Krishna Bhakti : Beyond good and evil”, Sriman Madhu Pandit Das, President of ISKCON Bangalore and Chairman of Akshaya Patra Foundation said that “There is always a war within our own heart, between good and evil. The destruction of Ravana by Lord Rama represents the destruction of evil within oneself and in the society at large. By adopting the process of chanting of the Holy name of the Lord one can destroy the evil within in the form of lust, anger, greed, and pride”.  Artists from Mudrika Foundation for Indian Performing Arts, Bengaluru performed “Raghuvamsha Charita” – a dance drama depicting the significant pastimes of Lord Ramachandra as described by Maharaja Swati Thirunal in his beautiful kriti, ‘Bhavayami Raghu Ramam’. Followed by this was the eye captivating vista of Their Lordships Sri Krishna & Balarama adorned as Sri Rama & Lakshmana going on a joyous ride on the “Gaja Vahana” while the devotees enjoyed pulling the chariot singing Hare Krishna Mantra.

The burning of 60 ft. high effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghanad marking the victory of Lord Rama over Rakshasa Ravana and also to indicate the victory of truth over evil was a spectacular excitement for the devotees. The crowd gathered in thousands displayed loud exultations as the effigies burnt down to the sound of firecrackers.

Balaram Jayanthi

Balaram Jayanthi was celebrated on Monday, 7th August. Sri Sri KRISHNA BALARAM were adorned with new set of white dresses to match the theme of Purnima. Evening program began at 6:00 p.m with Tulasi Puja, Sandhya Aarti followed by a grand 64 Kalasha abhishekam to the utsava Deities of Krishna and Balarama. Abhishekam included panchamrita snana (milk, yoghurt, ghee, honey, and sweet water), panchagavya snana, varieties of fruits juices and milk shakes, aushadi snana (herbs) and tender coconut water.

A number of varieties of arati was offered with accompaniment of Sankirtan. While the sanctified water from the 64 Kalasha was offered, Purusha Sukta was chanted. Abhishekam ended with the showering of multitude of flowers. A special video presentation on the pastimes and various expansions of Lord Balaram was shown. Pushparachana was performed with the chanting of Balarama Ashtotra. Celebrations ended with more than 500 devotees honouring Maha Prasadam.

LIFE IS A CHOICE : SPIRITUAL HIGHWAY OR MATERIAL DRAIN.

Excerpts from today’s Srimad Bhagavatam 7.7.39 class given by H G Jai Chaitanya Prabhu.

Translation : “One’s riches, beautiful wife and female friends, one’s sons and daughters, one’s residence, one’s domestic animals like cows, elephants and horses, one’s treasury, economic development and sense gratification indeed, even the lifetime in which one can enjoy all these material opulences—are certainly temporary and flickering. Since the opportunity of human life is temporary, what benefit can these material opulences give to a sensible man who has understood himself to be eternal? “

  1. Conclusions repeatedly said in all the Shastras – “Material life is unnecessary, useless”. But the irony is , everybody considers material life to be all in all.
  2. Situation in material world is funny. Even though body is useless and life is useless, still it has to be made useful for spiritual life.
  3. After seeing the spiritual highway and material drain, it is up to us to choose which path to choose. Having known the unnecessary path, one should choose the necessary path. Having seen the sufferings in material life, one should choose the spiritual path. Why walk in the material drain and become dirty and then complain.
  4. This choice to choose the right path is  always given to the living entities, as a mercy of the Lord. Whenever there is problem in material world, people approach Lord for help. Lord has always been kind enough and acted as the order supplier.
  5. Srimad Bhagavatam explains again and again that this material world is like chewing the chewed. This has to be reminded again and again to the living entities, so that this fact becomes deeply ingrained. For the purpose of existence of material world, material life is necessary so as to give a chance for liberation.
  6. How to convert material dirt into opportunity to advance in spiritual life? – Until one understands that we are eternal, we are a non-sense. World is a like a thorn, already a thorn has pricked us. Only way to remove the thorn is thru one more thorn. Similarly, material body is required to remove material body. This is the way to understand contradictions in the material world. Therefore, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has given the philosophy of ” achintya bheda abheda” The principle of simultaneous one and difference.
  7. Stri means one who expands one’s attachment to material life. Therefore Shastras says that no one should become a guardian until he is in a position to deliver his dependents from the clutches of Birth & Death.
  8. One essential quality of a preacher is that, he should always secure himself first before preaching. People should feel that this devotee has got something which I don’t have.
  9. God is impartial order supplier. Just like those who pay tax for the government, enjoy the benefits. Those who don’t pay, are punished. Similarly it is the free will of living entities to decide, where he should go…
  10. If there is no spiritual satisfaction, it is very difficult to resist the temptation &  influence of Maya.
  11. Spiritualist knows that one day ultimately he has to go towards KRISHNA, therefore he immediately starts making preparations towards reaching the ultimate goal.
  12. Secret to balance in the material world –  Work for the essential requirements, and focus on actual Spiritual reality. Understanding soul and God is directly proportional to how much one has conquered Maya.
  13. Whole endeavour of humanity has been to find the known. Even physics also say that 85% of matter is dark.  But, the truth is by knowing KRISHNA, everything is known.
  14. The tendency to know something beyond matter, can come only by Spiritual Tapasya. In proportion to which we know Krishna, we get detached from Maya. Then we can experience real spiritual happiness.
  15. One price we have to pay to reach the ultimate goal is to suffer for the reactions of past sinful Karmic actions. Only way to overcome this reactions is to strengthen the kavacha and continue spiritual practices with perseverance.
  16. Little bit motivation in form of a few spiritual glimpses either through realizations, hearing Bhagavatam, Chanting Hare Krishna or through Prasadam should help one continue the journey in spiritual life.
  17. Process to handle problems in material world, is not how to avoid the problems, but learn how to touch Krishna.
  18. Biggest Tapasya in Kali-yuga is to sacrifice the hearing and talking process to hear and talk about Krishna KATHA.

ISKCON Dasara – 19th October

In the Treta Yuga, the Supreme Lord appeared as Lord Rama, the son of Dasaratha. He was exiled, and His wife Sita (the daughter of King Janaka) and brother Lakshmana accompanied Him. Valmiki’s Ramayana chronicles the life of Lord Rama when He was in exile for 14 years. His wife Sita was abducted by Ravana, the ten-headed demon.

Hanuman, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, also known as Pavan-Suta (son of the wind-god) helped Rama in locating Sita. He set Lanka on fire, and killed many of Ravana’s warriors including his son Aksha.Hanuman instructed Ravana to release Sita; but, Ravana’s refusal to do so led to the mighty war between Rama and Ravana, in which Ravana was killed.

To commemorate this victory of Rama, an effigy of Ravana is burnt on the day of Vijaya Dashami. This signifies the triumph of good over evil.

Taking the opportunity to blend the unique cultural and spiritual elements of God consciousness into the festivities, ISKCON Mysuru organizes annual ISKCON Dasara festival on its premises every year on Vijaya Dashami Day. Renowned artists from reputed dance troupes perform dance drama’s depicting the pastime of Lord Rama’s victory over ravana. Followed by this is the eye captivating vista of Their Lordships Sri Krishna & Balarama adorned as Sri Rama & Laksman going on a joyous ride on the “Gaja Vahana” while the devotees enjoy pulling the chariot singing Hare Krishna Mantra.

The burning of 60 ft. high effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghanadh mark the victory of Lord Rama over Rakshasa Ravana and also to indicate the victory of truth over evil . There were grand fireworks in the background as the effigies are burnt down.

This year we are celebrating ISKCON DASARA on Friday, 19th October 2018.